A look back at a strange 2016 on television –
It’s time to start television history all over again. I did it in five year increments in 2020, and now I can do a whole different series of years in 2021. Right now, not a ton is happening in the world of pop culture. Cinema hasn’t quite picked up speed yet and television is a bit lackluster at the moment. Plus, personally, it’s a time of year when I just watch the playoffs. Watching new TV shows and movies won’t happen as much. Therefore, it is time to look back on the year 2016 on television. It was a similar landscape, in terms of streaming services and so on. As I dig deeper into the past things are going to be different.
Oh man, 2016 was the year Seeso came out. Speaking of streaming services. I never watched Seeso. I know a guy who sold a show to Seeso that never aired, because it all fell apart before he had a chance. Seeso didn’t totally flop like Quibi, but he never took off. This year also saw The simpsons do an episode where they basically did live animation and had Dan Castellaneta improvise a dialogue. It was a gimmick, and it was stupid.
When it comes to new TV shows, things got off to a bad start. FOX gave us two trash shows in Borderdown and Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life. I may have joked on Twitter that the people responsible Cooper barrett should be performed live on TV over Christmas in place of former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. However, we have obtained Angie tribeca, although I remember watching every episode of this in a marathon viewing that TBS did. Was it in 2016? Or was it when the show debuted episodically and every week? Anyway, I loved this show.
Vinyl was a disaster that even Martin Scorsese couldn’t save. Fuller house was obviously a commercial success, but the man was he bad. I watched a few episodes for a podcast, but it was miserable work. In a rollback decision, NBC aired Maya and Marty, an old-fashioned variety show that felt taken from the ’70s. I could go further, but there were two really good shows that I have to mention. These are my favorites to debut in 2016. One I watched from the second it aired, the other I sure didn’t catch up until 2017. This first show is The right place, a network sitcom, which makes it almost vintage. However, even network sitcoms were different in 2016. The right place didn’t do 22 episodes per season. It also featured serial narration. It worked though. The trip was a lot of fun.
Then there is Strange things. Needless to say, the biggest cultural introduction of 2016 was Strange things. He has captured the spirit of the times. It made stars. Nothing from 2016 comes close to the impact of Strange things. The show is a throwback to the ’80s, but in a fresh and fun way. I was skeptical at first, but glad I tried.
It’s also the year ABC decided to bring back old game shows, including my all-time favorite. Match Match. Alec Baldwin was the host, which was odd. I liked it, but I think maybe it is. The same is true for $ 100,000 pyramid.
Some notable shows also ended in 2016, but again, I only want to mention one. This is one of my favorites. Against the myths is a top five for me. In the end, it was reduced to Adam and Jamie, and the show had a different feel. It was still good. They could have continued to do so. Instead, he came to a conclusion. Discovery was increasingly becoming a reality TV network. Against the myths stood out like a sore thumb. It has been a remarkable year for television, of course. Some good things, some bad things, and the rise and fall of Seeso.